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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | October 1, 2010
The Frog House surf shop, the second-oldest surf shop in Orange County, might have to close its doors because of residential zoning laws. The shop has been at its Newport Shores location since 1962. A few years later, in the 1970s, the land was zoned for residential-use only. Because the business was already on the land, it was deemed a legal non-conforming use, City Atty. David Hunt said, meaning that they were openly using residential land for commercial use but the city did not pursue removal.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | October 6, 2010
Ever since word hit the streets that the legendary surf shop, The Frog House, might have to close its doors because of zoning restrictions, locals have been chatting about the possible loss of a Newport Shores icon. They've now taken this chatter to the Web, with two fans — Duranne Collins Mungall and Jason Nedelman — starting a Facebook group , aptly titled "Save The Frog House. " As of Wednesday afternoon, the group had more than 550 members and was steadily growing.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | May 11, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — More than 100 surfers swelled the City Council Chambers on Tuesday as the council voted to allow their beloved shop, the Frog House, to remain in business. By unanimously approving a zoning change for the store's West Newport property, the council caused cheers from the crowd. "I'm stoked," shop owner T.K. Brimer said after the vote. "The city has treated us very well at every step. " The 50-year-old shop, the Cat Protection Society and another commercial building were caught up in a zoning law intended to reduce the number of drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in residential neighborhoods.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | April 4, 2011
The Frog House surf shop will take another leap toward preservation Thursday when the Newport Beach Planning Commission reviews its application to remain a business. Owner TK Brimer and representatives of other properties on West Coast Highway will present their case about why the city shouldn't require their land to be used for residential purposes. A city law intended to displace some drug recovery homes from residential neighborhoods also affects the 50-year-old shop , an animal shelter and a party planning store.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | April 8, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The Newport Beach Planning Commission approved the Frog House and nearby businesses' applications Thursday night to change their properties' zoning, and if the City Council agrees, the businesses will be able to stay. The nearly 50-year-old surf shop and its eccentric owner T.K. Brimer drew about 30 supporters to the Council Chambers, but none of them spoke because the commissioners approved the application without contention. "Our focus has always been to do the right thing for the city and the individual," commission Chairman Earl McDaniel said after Frog House fans applauded.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | May 24, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The owner of Malarky's Irish Pub on Tuesday night withdrew his application that sought to expand the bar's late-night occupancy. Mario Marovic expressed gratitude to the council for working with him on the project, but concluded that he was not ready to move forward on the plans he described as "life-changing. " "A lot of good came out of the application process," Marovic said to the council, "and I was able to meet a lot of great people. " Mayor Mike Henn invited Marovic to revisit the expansion plans for Marlarky's in the future, but the businessman expressed doubt over the possibility.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | May 23, 2011
The Newport Beach City Council will resume a public hearing Tuesday night, and could possibly vote, on a Balboa Peninsula business owner's application to increase occupancy limits at his establishment. Malarky's Irish Pub first came before the City Council on April 26 with about 50 supporters and some opponents in attendance. The council supported patio expansion plans by the pub's owner, Mario Marovic, but a condition was delayed that would limit the Newport Boulevard bar's late-night occupancy by preventing new patrons from entering the business after midnight.
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By Michael Glenn | November 15, 2013
Just before Halloween, I met with TK Brimer, owner of the Newport Beach surf shop the Frog House, on a truly spooky subject: the surfing blackball. My goal was to get a better perspective on the issues facing water lovers: surfers, body boarders, skim boarders, swimmers, body surfers and people who, like me, just want to flop around in the shallows. The blackball is a flag flown by lifeguards to show surfers that it is not OK to surf in a particular spot. It is a means of letting body surfers and others have their time in the water without having to dodge surfboards.
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December 24, 2004
Andrew Edwards Local groms may be lucky enough to find a new surfboard or wetsuit under the tree this year, as Newport Beach surf shops have been busy ringing up surf gear for many parents on missions to complete their children's Christmas lists. "Christmastime is a huge amount of parents buying wetsuits and stuff for their kids," said T. K., owner of the Frog House in West Newport. T.K. doesn't use his last name. "No one knows or cares; I'm just T. K. at the Frog House," he said.
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April 9, 2011
I was very upset to read the letter from Peggy Normandin, "Mailbag: Clergy wrong about Planned Parenthood" (April 5). There are serious inaccuracies in this letter about Planned Parenthood that I would like to correct. First, Planned Parenthood is not-for-profit. Any surplus funds go directly back into the vital services they provide, like breast and cervical cancer screenings. Like all not-for-profits, their financial disclosure reports are open to the public. I encourage anyone who is interested to review them.
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By Michael Glenn | November 15, 2013
Just before Halloween, I met with TK Brimer, owner of the Newport Beach surf shop the Frog House, on a truly spooky subject: the surfing blackball. My goal was to get a better perspective on the issues facing water lovers: surfers, body boarders, skim boarders, swimmers, body surfers and people who, like me, just want to flop around in the shallows. The blackball is a flag flown by lifeguards to show surfers that it is not OK to surf in a particular spot. It is a means of letting body surfers and others have their time in the water without having to dodge surfboards.
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June 20, 2012
If the office was empty Wednesday, it might have been because of International Surfing Day . The surfing conditions were meager - waves were only about a foot high at some spots in Newport Beach - but the dedicated took time out of their day. Celebrations were simple: "We're just surfing at River Jetties," said Frog House surf shop clerk Joe Huebner. The Newport Beach and Huntington Beach chapters of the Surfrider Foundation are planning a beach cleanup and other events Saturday morning at Huntington City Beach, in front of Huntington Street.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | May 24, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The owner of Malarky's Irish Pub on Tuesday night withdrew his application that sought to expand the bar's late-night occupancy. Mario Marovic expressed gratitude to the council for working with him on the project, but concluded that he was not ready to move forward on the plans he described as "life-changing. " "A lot of good came out of the application process," Marovic said to the council, "and I was able to meet a lot of great people. " Mayor Mike Henn invited Marovic to revisit the expansion plans for Marlarky's in the future, but the businessman expressed doubt over the possibility.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | May 23, 2011
The Newport Beach City Council will resume a public hearing Tuesday night, and could possibly vote, on a Balboa Peninsula business owner's application to increase occupancy limits at his establishment. Malarky's Irish Pub first came before the City Council on April 26 with about 50 supporters and some opponents in attendance. The council supported patio expansion plans by the pub's owner, Mario Marovic, but a condition was delayed that would limit the Newport Boulevard bar's late-night occupancy by preventing new patrons from entering the business after midnight.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | May 11, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — More than 100 surfers swelled the City Council Chambers on Tuesday as the council voted to allow their beloved shop, the Frog House, to remain in business. By unanimously approving a zoning change for the store's West Newport property, the council caused cheers from the crowd. "I'm stoked," shop owner T.K. Brimer said after the vote. "The city has treated us very well at every step. " The 50-year-old shop, the Cat Protection Society and another commercial building were caught up in a zoning law intended to reduce the number of drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in residential neighborhoods.
NEWS
April 9, 2011
I was very upset to read the letter from Peggy Normandin, "Mailbag: Clergy wrong about Planned Parenthood" (April 5). There are serious inaccuracies in this letter about Planned Parenthood that I would like to correct. First, Planned Parenthood is not-for-profit. Any surplus funds go directly back into the vital services they provide, like breast and cervical cancer screenings. Like all not-for-profits, their financial disclosure reports are open to the public. I encourage anyone who is interested to review them.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | April 8, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The Newport Beach Planning Commission approved the Frog House and nearby businesses' applications Thursday night to change their properties' zoning, and if the City Council agrees, the businesses will be able to stay. The nearly 50-year-old surf shop and its eccentric owner T.K. Brimer drew about 30 supporters to the Council Chambers, but none of them spoke because the commissioners approved the application without contention. "Our focus has always been to do the right thing for the city and the individual," commission Chairman Earl McDaniel said after Frog House fans applauded.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | April 4, 2011
The Frog House surf shop will take another leap toward preservation Thursday when the Newport Beach Planning Commission reviews its application to remain a business. Owner TK Brimer and representatives of other properties on West Coast Highway will present their case about why the city shouldn't require their land to be used for residential purposes. A city law intended to displace some drug recovery homes from residential neighborhoods also affects the 50-year-old shop , an animal shelter and a party planning store.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | February 16, 2011
The legendary surf shop, the Frog House, is one step closer to salvation. The Newport Beach shop's owner and other nearby property owners have applied to change the city's Coastal Land Use Plan so they can remain at their Upper West Newport locations. City officials mailed notices to other government agencies earlier this month, notifying them of the application. It ultimately has to be approved by the California Coastal Commission. Property owners want to change the zoning to allow for commercial buildings or mixed-use buildings on their land, in order to allow their businesses to stay.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | October 19, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — It looks like the legendary Frog House surf shop is going to survive the city's new zoning enforcement changes, but without the same outpouring of public support it received, some nearby businesses may not be able to stay in their residentially zoned areas. A 22-year-old Balboa Peninsula tattoo parlor and a dentist who has been operating by Newport Harbor High School for almost 30 years are two examples of businesses that will also have to rely on the city to approve their commercial use. Due to an unintended consequence of a 2008 ordinance that restricted rehab homes, the city is now forced to remove other types of businesses from residentially zoned districts.
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